Category: expansion

The Rockies post best record for 3rd year team in MLB History

1995 – The Colorado Rockies become the first major league team to reach the postseason before their seventh year in existence. Colorado also becomes the National League’s first wild card winner following a 10 – 9 win over the San Francisco Giants. Colorado’s .535 winning percentage (77-67 record) is the best-ever for a third-year team. The New York Yankees become the first wild card winner in the American League.

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Jon Warden picks up his 3rd win

1968 – Detroit Tigers pitcher Jon Warden, the last man to make the team in spring training, makes his third appearance, and wins for the third time in relief, as Detroit beats the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park in 10 innings, 4 – 1. Due to a torn rotator cuff injury after being selected by the Kansas City Royals in the expansion draft, the rookie sensation, who will be the only Tiger not to appear in the World Series, will pitch only one season finishing with a 4-1 record and a 3.62 ERA.

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New Senators debut and win first game

On April 14, 1961, the “new” Washington Senators franchise wins its first game, defeating the Cleveland Indians, 3-2. Joe McClain earns the victory for the Senators, one of two new expansion teams in the American League. The “old” Washington Senators had moved to Minnesota after the 1960 season.

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The new Los Angeles American League franchise is awarded to Gene Autry

The new Los Angeles American League franchise is awarded to Gene Autry, a well-known cowboy movie star who once turned down an opportunity to play in the minor leagues, and former football player Bob Reynolds for $350,000. After spending its inaugural season at LA’s Wrigley Field and then playing the next three years at Dodger Stadium, the team will move to Anaheim, a short distance from L.A., and will be known as the California Angels (1965-1996), the Anaheim Angels (1997-2004) and then, to better market the team, will become known as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2005.

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